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Plane Crashes In Jamul Into Middle School Athletic Field

The pilot and sole occupant of an ultralight aircraft escaped with minor injuries today when the aircraft crashed into a batting cage during an emergency landing behind an East County middle school.

Witnesses reported seeing the Hurricane Hauler-model plane going down near Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul shortly after 11 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Mike Munsey said.

Medics took the pilot to a hospital for evaluation of apparently superficial injuries, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. No one else was hurt in the crash, which occurred at the edge of a baseball field behind Jamul Intermediate School, according to Gregor.


The ultralight -- a type of aircraft similar to a hang glider but equipped with a small engine -- is registered to a man who lives in the Lomita area of eastern San Diego, according to FAA records.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, Gregor said.